The more I think about it the more it bothers me that some who claim allegiance to the Lord are critical of those of us who are vocal about the unconscionable decision made in New York to legalize all abortions through the entire gestation period and extending beyond birth to those babies who survived attempted abortion procedures. They say things like “Christians should not speak against abortion until they are willing to provide care for the many young and expectant mothers and the innocent babies after their births,” or Christians have no right to protest abortion until they are making sure there are safe places in society for unwanted babies.”
This is a smokescreen and the devil loves it. I know a host of people who oppose abortion and I do not know one single person who opposes it because of an alliance with a political party. In fact, every single person I know who is fighting for life is motivated by a heart of compassion for innocent life; the natural feeling of pity for anyone, but especially an innocent child who finds herself in a position of desperation and helplessness. It is the strong desire within us that we cannot silence even if we wanted to…the desire to protect anyone who is innocent and cannot protect himself.
And it is that kind of compassion that controls all of our impulses and activities. Why would anyone believe that those people who fight against the killing are not the same people who extend benevolence and kindness, generosity and concern in our communities in other scenarios in which people are in need? It’s only common sense that the folks who are fighting for those who cannot help themselves are also the first responders in situations about them when people are suffering.
Let me just illustrate this point with a family that I know personally. This family consists of two parents who have been very outspoken in defense of pre-born life. These parents are currently trying to place multiple pre-born babies. They personally have been through the adoption process up to the point of bringing the child home, when the birth mother decided to keep the baby at the last moment. They were supportive, then, of this mother’s decision. They have helped, recently, to find a home for a foster child with a disability and that child has been successfully placed. They have recently helped find a home for a foster child with a disability and that child has been successfully placed. These parents raised their two children, who are now adults, to speak and write in various venues about the sanctity of life. One of their children established a chapter of National Right to Life on his university campus and raised money for pro-life causes through that venue, while he also raised money for already born children with diseases and volunteered in the school system in his area where children in poverty attended. One of the now adult children volunteers regularly at a pregnancy clinic for unwed mothers. The other is actively working at present to find homes for three pre-born children. All of the members of this family take advantage of opportunities when they are presented to provide funding for children in foster care homes and children’s homes. Their contributions to their churches are often used for the purpose of helping disadvantaged children, as well. They contribute to food banks, school drives for children in need and Christmas gifts for children in foster care.
See, compassionate Christians are compassionate in all situations. It is true that those who fight abortion cannot personally care for every child born in a situation of poverty or disadvantage. But that obvious fact should not deter us from preventing their murder! I’m not an expert in philosophy, but even I can think this through….Just because I cannot personally rescue the thousands who are victims of human trafficking, take them under my wing and restore each one to mental and social well-being, does not mean I should be silent as they are victimized, or worse, be okay with their “elimination.”
May God help us when people who are called by His name attempt to silence—even mock— those among us who are defending innocent life; when “Christians” add their voices to the wicked throng in support of death for our most vulnerable. What must the Father think when unworthy people He once adopted are, arguably, effectively consenting to murder by criticizing those Christians who are fighting for life?